When should you start shock collar training?
Training shock collar can be used on the puppy from 10 weeks old and up, but it is recommended to use it only in special cases. Try different types of learning, like with child to learn your little puppy basic commands. Try positive and negative reinforcement or rewards when he reacts positive on the given command before using training collars.
There is big market of the dog training collars and some of them are qualified for the young puppies from 8 to 10 weeks, collars are used that early for the anti bark learning that delivers little shock and vibration when your puppy starts barking.
Puppy problems are barking, running away, chewing furniture, toilet training and other undesirable behavior for the puppy owners. After few times that your puppy feels disagreeable sensation of the training collar he will stop doing the activities. This is commonly used by puppy owners when dog is left home alone during the day and it is not acceptable to have barking dog all day.
Training shock collar too early is too dangerous for the puppy. If you use force in term of the training collar on the puppy he can develop stress and anxiety and you don’t want your puppy to feel that way. Positive reinforcement can not hurt your puppy and make him feel stressed like with shock collar at his young age. There are alternative learning methods that can be used on the puppies when you want to train them or learn them something new. Shock collar must be the last option to use for learning puppy. Shock collar is additional stress on the puppy and will get him to constant fear that will change him in the second.
Shock training collars are recommended to use at the later age. When your puppy is fully trained with the basics and responds well on the basic commands and starts the advanced training you can start using training collar. Training collar should be used as a tool for the distance command when your dog cannot hear you. Training shock collar should be used to reinforce the well known commands so you don’t confuse your pet.
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Shock collar will give you fast results, it is only few shocks away for your dog to correct the unwanted behavior. After shock stimulation it only takes beep signal or vibration to warn him and that is enough. Shock collars are also good to keep dog in yard to give him freedom and safety at the same time.
On the older dog, if you use shock collar for barking you can use it with effect even when you are not at home. They have auto correcting mode to be set on while you are away. We do not recommend to leave your dog alone when auto mode is set on the training collar.
Training collar cause shock – you are using aversive behavior modification that can shock your pet and make him to give you negative feedback. Dog can start to fear from people, objects, sounds and other stuff that he will associate with the collar simulation he gets from you. Over correction is big problem when using training collar, when shock is sent to your dog automatic collar stimulations can shock him unintentionally or too many times. This can confuse him and make problems with his behaviour. Lack of positive reinforcement and rewarding system – if your dog get’s your affection, verbal approval or tasty treat he will be happy. Shock collar can deter negative behavior but it will not reward him when he does something good.
If you decide to use shock collar first let your dog to just wear it for one week before turning it on. Don’t use collar at instant moment when you put it on him, so he will associate collar with the positive stuff during the time. You are trying to get your dog to think that negative behavior is causing the shock that he feels not the collar he wears. When you turn training collar on start at the lowest stimulation levels to see how he will react at it when it is activated.
If your dog does not respond to the stimulation, you can slowly try the higher level of the training collar stimulation. Use the collar to reinforce the commands that he already knows and understands. Say the command that he knows and wait for his response, if he is not responding press the button and see what will be, reward him as soon as he responds positive on your command. You need to control bed behavior of your pet, use the training collar to manage annoying and aggressive behavior. When he starts doing the activities turn on the stimulation, don’t ever hold stimulation on for more than three seconds and push it repeatedly, you just want him to learn what he is allowed to do and what is banned.
Don’t let your dog to see you that you are causing him that unpleasant sensation that he is feeling when he does something wrong, you want him to associate you with the reward and positive reinforcement.
Every puppy, dog is different like every human and he needs time to learn and develop. Puppies are fragile, they need time to play, try out your boundaries and his and he needs to see what he can or can’t do.